The Free Church Circular . . . Vol. IV. No. 16 [caption title]. Oneida Reserve, Harriet H. Skinner.

The Free Church Circular . . . Vol. IV. No. 16 [caption title].

Oneida Reserve, N.Y. (Leonard and Company, Printers), June 28, 1851. 8vo, unbound, eight leaves, [241]-256 pages, untrimmed. Large brown spot running through to each of the leaves; some spotting all over the final page; some minor wear and soiling; a good, sound copy. Item #13462

The weekly newspaper of the perfectionist utopian Oneida Community and its leader John Humphrey Noyes, edited by Noyes' sister Harriet. This issue includes a lengthy nine page account of the beginnings and the reasons behind the women's dress reform movement at Oneida: "It was in the upper room of an Indian log house, which we think of now as the cradle of the Community, rich in memories, that the writer assisted in the clandestine preparation of two short dresses for Mrs. C---- and Mrs. N----, who proposed to experiment on the fashion described in the Bible Argument.-- This was in June, 1849. In the present mellow state of public sentiment, it is impossible to appreciate the heroism that was then required, to appear in the semi-masculine attire, now so much applauded." Also includes a Home-Talk from John Humphrey Noyes on his trip to London and Paris, as well as some accounts of life in the Oneida Community.

Price: $50.00